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This sentence contains an apparent non sequitur phrased as if it follows logically from the reworded thesis of the blog post. This sentence is a wildly overgeneralized condemnation of one or more entire classes of people phrased in as incendiary a fashion as possible which claims to be an obvious corollary to the thesis and non sequitur. This sentence proposes that anyone who might disagree with the wildly overgeneralized condemnation is, by so disagreeing, actually proving the author’s point. This sentence explains that such people disagree primarily because of the author’s courageous, iconoclastic approach. This sentence mentions the additional possibilities that readers who express disagreement with the wildly overgeneralized condemnation are merely following political fashion or trying to ingratiate themselves with interest groups. –“How to write an incendiary blog post,” Chris Clarke, Boston Globe
The past will never let you go;
the future is, as always, bleak;
the present can be fairly nice, particularly if it comes with baby tiger videos (warning: disgusting cuteness)
The present hysteria about postal finances is due in large part to Congressional looting of the post office. In 2006 Congress passed a law mandating the post office to pre-fund its retiree health care benefits program. The politicians were just seeking a way to divert postal profits to the federal budget to finance continuing tax cuts for the rich. Now, however, revenues are down, and management is predicting a $7 billion deficit for the coming year. Without these extra payments, the deficits would be only $1.6-1.8 billion. As a matter of fact, PMG Potter recently told Congress that were it not for the pre-funded health care payments, the postal service would have turned a profit of $400 million in the first half of this year! The depression may deepen, and the postal deficits may grow. But why should workers be punished for this, and the public see reduced service, while the rich continue to live in style off the labor of the working class? –“Fight the Post Office Cutbacks!” Detroit Worker’s Office
Smart people go bat-shit crazy if you frustrate their careerist ambitions;
paying taxes does nothing good for your disposition either);
related: Elton John: “I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.”
“The vast majority of bow ties droop and look horrible,” says Anit Patel, a pharmaceuticals salesman who started Cravate Royale with his artist/designer wife, Sonal. Together the pair spent years dissecting the linings of high-priced ties in hopes of finding the secret to building a better bow. “While in London I got my hands on a Turnbull & Asser woven bow and loved the way it felt. So I opened it up and brought the lining to my factory in England,” says Patel, who improved the Turnbull prototype by adding a bit of weight to the lining to prevent the tie from flopping at the neck. The couple made similar adjustments to their pocket squares, which have double hand-stitched edges, and ascots, which feature a double-stitched pleated back, for a more bespoke appearance. –“The Bow Tie Perfected,” William Kissel, The Robb Report
Fleming awoke in the dark and his room felt loose, sloshing so badly he gripped the bed. From his window there was nothing but a hallway, and if he craned his neck, a blown lightbulb swung into view. The room pitched up and down and for a moment he thought he might be sick. The word “hallway” must have a nautical name. Why didn’t they supply a glossary for this cruise? Probably they had, in the welcome packet he’d failed to read. A glossary. A history of the boat, which would be referred to as a ship. Sunny biographies of the captain and crew, who had always dreamed of this life. Lobotomized histories of the islands they’d visit. Who else had sailed this way. Famous suckwads from the past, slicing through this very water on wooden longships.
A welcome packet, the literary genre most likely to succeed in the new millennium. Why not read about a community you don’t belong to, that doesn’t actually exist, a captain and crew who are, in reality, if that isn’t too much of a downer on your vacation, as indifferent to one another as any set of co-employees at an office or bank? Read doctored personal statements from underpaid crew members — because ocean life pays better than money! — who hate their lives but have been forced to buy into the mythology of working on a boat, separated now from loved ones and friends, growing lonelier by the second, even while they wait on you and follow your every order.
Average portion of its yearly household expenditures that a South African family will spend on a funeral:
Neuroscientists were hoping to use rat brain waves to find people buried by earthquakes.
Four people were arrested for using a remote-controlled hexacopter to fly two pounds of tobacco to prisoners inside the yard at Calhoun State Prison in Georgia.
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Our congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature